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Shadow Reader, The (Shadow Reader Novel) Mass Market Paperback – 19 Jan 2012
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About the Author
Sandy Williams is the author of the Shadow Reader novels. She graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in political science and history, and worked as a librarian until her husband whisked her off to London on an extended business trip. Now she's back in Texas, writing full-time, raising twin boys, and squeezing in time to play geeky board and card games.
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McKenzie is a human woman with a talent that makes her invaluable to the fae. Not only does she have the second sight which enables her to see through Fae glamour, she is a shadow reader, which means that when a fae teleports, she can map where that fae has traveled to. King Atroth recruited her when she was barely sixteen and ten years later she is still called upon.
Determined to lead a normal life, which is not possible when Fae are popping in unexpectedly wherever she goes, and it's affecting her life, her family thinks she's crazy, her school is running out of patience with her, and her crush on Kyol Taltrayn-the King's sword-master, is going nowhere. But when McKenzie is abducted everything she thought she knew is turned upside down and she doesn't know who to trust.
Mckenzie unlike most urban fantasy heroines isn't strong, brave or amazingly powerful, she's just a normal girl who happens to have a talent for tracking. She relies on her wits to help her escape rather that her powers and manages to keep her head when all around everyone is losing theirs.
I'm not normally fond of love triangles but this was so well done and the characters so real that it didn't bother me at all, I found both Kyol and Aren intriguing and the romance was built gradually that it felt natural, though I do admit the end felt a bit 50s love scene. Apart from a few minor niggles which are barely worth mentioning as I was having too much fun reading, I found The Shadow Reader a enjoyable book and look forward to reading more from this author.
When Rebel Fae capture McKenzie and hope to use her Shadow Reader ability to invade the Fae palace and overthrow/kill the King, McKenzie has no intention of helping them. She remains loyal to the Fae Court despite attempts of coercion and threats, yet events unfold that at last have McKenzie doubting whether her actions for the Fae Court have been the right ones.
This is an excellent start to a new series but it is a little difficult to label. Is it urban fantasy? Is it a magical epic fantasy? There is a darkness to the plot that could have been at odds with the magical elements, plus many key figures remain ambivalent throughout much of the plot. Both love interests Kyol and rebel leader Aren appear far from heroic at times as both manipulate, mislead, or physically hurt McKenzie to ensure her co-operation. I'm unsure at this stage who I would prefer she ends up with. The romance takes a back seat much of the time though as McKenzie is teleported to a variety of locations and meet a number of Fae with abilities thought to be extinct. The ideas surrounding the Fae are clever and imaginative; the ability to fissure in particular is a very handy skill (especially in a sword fight). 4½ stars
The last time I read any Fae books that held me captivated from beginning to end was the Fever series... Don't get me wrong, I am not comparing these novels, I'm simply stating how much I loved this first book in Sandy Williams Shadow Reader series...
I absolutely loved the way this book was written, the entirety from McKenzie's POV... we move along from page to page in her time, her zone, her mind and her feelings... I loved how powerful an impact this book had on me, I was literally gripped within the first few chapters and I was devastated that my 'normal' life had to carry on, that I had to go to work, that I had to sleep...
I can't describe the story, or maybe I don't want to... I've just finished the final line and all I want to do is soak up all the words and feelings that I'm feeling...
No great cliff hanger, no great 'OMG' anywhere near the end but nonetheless, I need that next book...
I know I'm only a few books into this new year - I can hazard a guess and say that I doubt there will be a book that I read anytime soon that will wipe these memories away from me... (apart from, hopefully, the next Shadow Reader book)
I really can't say what has gripped me apart from the way this book was written. Absolute magic for me!!!
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